U.S. 41 getting new look and feel

Portions of U.S. 41 soon will be repaved, or will have new landscaping, on the corridor, which runs through Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. In Land O’ Lakes, resurfacing will be done on U.S. 41, to give motorists a smoother ride between Ehren Cutoff and Caliente Boulevard. Repaving began last summer and includes both sides of the four-lane stretch – divided by a median. The $2.5-million … [Read more...]

Parks Ford Unveils New Dealership Building

There’s been a lot of speculation about what is going on at Parks Ford in Wesley Chapel, with its main building behind a curtain of construction since last summer, and large modular buildings put in place next door. “We’ve gutted our old building and are completely rebuilding all major customer touch points, so that we can better accommodate our customers and employees,” said Ron Parks at his … [Read more...]

Exploring Tampa’s Jewish history

Tampa’s Jewish population today numbers more than 25,000 members involved in  more than a dozen synagogues, day schools, and multiple community centers and related organizations. The of history Tampa’s Jewish community likewise runs deep — dating back more than 170 years. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, recently had a presentation … [Read more...]

La Yuma dishes Cuban cuisine in Lutz

Chef Pepe Diaz keeps a close eye on what goes on in his kitchen. The Cuban dishes that pass from the kitchen to the dining room at La Yuma restaurant are authentic to his native country. But, Diaz also has recipes uniquely his own. His back story in itself is not the typical path to culinary success. As a political prisoner of Fidel Castro, his job in jail was to take scant food … [Read more...]

Assisted care center opens in Lutz

The legendary Pat Boone helped create an air of excitement at the grand opening ceremony of a new $13 million assisted care living facility in Lutz. Boone made an appearance at Angels Senior Living at Lodges of Idlewild, 18440 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., on Oct. 22, to help celebrate the facility’s completion. The three-story living facility is about 76,000 square feet. It features 94 … [Read more...]

Independent Catholic church forms

An independent Catholic church is forming in Wesley Chapel. Services at Spirit of Light Synodal Catholic Church will begin Oct. 23. A Mass will be celebrated every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., inside the meeting room at the Rodeway Inn, 5642 Oakley Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. A typical communion Mass is expected to last about an hour. According to the church’s website, synodal … [Read more...]

Assisted care center set to open in August

A new $13 million assisted living center in Lutz is under construction, and set to open in August. Angels Senior Living at Lodges of Idlewild, located at 18440 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz, will have 94 units to serve about 100 residents, according to Daniel Almendares, corporate operations manager at Angels Senior Living. The 85,000-square-foot facility expects to employ 45 … [Read more...]

Lutz pushes proposed urban service area south

Lutz has survived more than a century with no municipal water or sewer. And it might end up going another century without it as well. In a workshop Dec. 8, members of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission will hear something they may not like: Lutz residents are turning their backs on a proposed plan to extend the county’s urban service area up U.S. 41. Getting an urban … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Honda, Toyota dealerships expanding to used cars

Wesley Chapel Honda and Wesley Chapel Toyota are going to get quite a bit bigger. The owner of the dealerships along State Road 54, Williams Automotive Group, announced this week that it will add a pre-owned sales center to its existing facility. It will use a little more than 1 acre of land it purchased last May for $1.35 million, according to county property records. Williams Automotive will … [Read more...]